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Friday May 22, 2015

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Microsoft Recognizes Outstanding Contributions By Suppliers

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced the recipients of the 2015 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. The MSP Excellence Awards recognize superior performance, exemplary service and innovation by suppliers that demonstrate what it means to be a preferred supplier at Microsoft. The purpose of the MSP is to build long-term relationships with a select group of strategic suppliers that create long-term value for Microsoft.

Winners of the 2015 MSP Excellence Awards were nominated by employees of Microsoft in various business units, MSP suppliers and Microsoft Procurement Professionals. An extensive panel of Microsoft employees and external judges selects all final awardees. Award winners were based on excellence in a number of areas, including quality, value, service and innovation. Winners were announced during the 13th Annual MSP Summit on Microsoft’s main corporate campus in Redmond, Wash.


Intel Reports on Progress and Milestones in Corporate Responsibility

Doing the right things the right way – it’s who Intel is. Building on two decades of reporting, Intel released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report, an assessment of its performance in areas including supply chain responsibility, environmental sustainability and more. From working to validate all of its products as conflict-free by 2016 to making a $300 million commitment to achieve a more diverse workforce, Intel remains committed to transparency, leadership in corporate responsibility and impacting the lives of people around the world.


Thursday May 21, 2015

Millions Of Routers Vulnerable To Attacks Due To NetUSB Bug

Is it just me or is it getting harder and harder to keep track of all these router vulnerabilities?

A serious vulnerability affecting the NetUSB kernel driver developed by Taiwan-based tech company KCodes exposes millions of routers to hack attacks, researchers have warned. According to its website, KCodes is one of the leading developers and suppliers of USB over IP solutions. The company says over 20% of world’s networking devices include KCodes technology.


Random [H] Sighting

Apparently these Surface Pro 3 bundles are so [H]ard, they actually arranged themselves like this when no one was looking. Thanks to [H]ard|Forum member Shmee for the picture!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec VSP5000 @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Dell Precision M3800 @ HotHardware

Sentey Lumenata Pro SP Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z97-HD3 @ Tech Report

Storage: HyperX 480GB SSD Giveaway @ HardwareSlave

Video: PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro @ Gamers Nexus

Case Mod of the Day

You have to watch the video below to truly appreciate the phenomenal lighting job in this case mod. eek! Our hats are definitely off to longtime [H]'er "Tricky" for a very impressive mod.

Russia Warns Google, Twitter And Facebook On Law Violations

Dear Russia,

If you don't like it, don't use it. Problem solved.


The rest of the planet

To comply with the law, the three firms must hand over data on Russian bloggers with more than 3,000 readers per day, and take down websites that Roskomnadzor sees as containing calls for "unsanctioned protests and unrest", Ampelonsky said.


Cool Video of the Day

This is probably the only way anyone could ever get me to sit through this whole song. cool


The Summit 3 By GIGABYTE Finals Comes To An End

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards would like to congratulate The Summit 3 champions Team Secret for taking away the 1st place in an incredible DOTA 2 tournament. As the exclusive sponsor of this year The Summit 3, GIGABYTE is proud to be able to provide the participants with high performance GIGABYTE gaming systems and to support such an enthusiastic community that has a true passion for eSports. Held at the Beyond The Summit Studio in LA, USA, The Summit 3 final closes this year biggest international DOTA 2 tournament which took part in 2 phases.

Phase 1 was comprised of worldwide online qualifiers to determine which teams were to be invited in LA for phase 2, a LAN face off. During 5 days, the qualified 6 teams fought against last year’s champion and a community voted team to win the champion it all. Through an amazing display of skills and a great team work effort, Team Secret made it to the top and walked away with a big share of the $260,000+ prize. Because eSports would be nothing without its fans, GIGABYTE had something to reward them too. During the LAN phase of the tournament, GIGABYTE G1™ gave away a GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 motherboard, GeForce GTX 960 graphics card and Swag Bag to one lucky winner every day. Winners were selected through the live twitch chat; by typing "gigaway" into the BTS Twitch Chatroom when prompted by the casters! Additionally, GIGABYTE ran through its Facebook page a lucky draw for those who predicted the lucky winning team! The two randomly selected winners walked away with a GIGABYTE Z97MX-Gaming 5 motherboard. Congrats to all!


NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store

Like most of you, I just assumed that the NSA was already doing this. Bonus points for codenaming the top secret project IRRITANT HORN.

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.


Pro Gaming Doesn't Need Balls To Be Considered A 'Sport'

Call me juvenile, but I had to laugh when she said pro gaming doesn't need balls to considered a sport. big grin

The excitement I feel while watching League of Legends is new, different and infinitely more visceral than anything I've felt while spectating hockey or football. Perhaps I relate more to a warrior princess or an eternally sad mummy than I do to Wayne Gretzky or Tom Brady.


Google Developing OS For Internet Of Things

According to this article, Google is working on a new Android-based operating system specifically for the Internet of Things.

Google wants its software to power any electronic device that connects to the Internet, whether or not it has a digital screen. To that end, Google is working on technology that could run on low-powered devices, possibly with as few as 64 or 32 megabytes of random-access memory, according to people who have been briefed about the project.


The Witcher 3 PC Patch Released

CD Projekt RED released version 1.03 patch for the PC today. The web site is currently down for scheduled maintenance, but you can read the patch notes below:

The patch 1.03 has just been released and is now available for all PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The update introduces a range of stability and performances enhancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings. Please find the detailed list of fixes below:

  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI

  • Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay

  • Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed

  • Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance

  • Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset

  • Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High

  • Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water

  • Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs

  • Improves menu handling

  • Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting

  • Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occurred when scrolling the map

  • Generally improves world map focus

  • Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard

  • Corrects some missing translations in the UI

  • Corrects an issue in dialogue selections

  • Rostan Muggs is back

  • Minor SFX improvements

The console version of the patch is coming and will be available very soon.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Released @ Blue's News

Hellraid Sent Back To Drawing Board @ Hellraid

Need For Speed 'Full Reboot' Coming @ VG24/7

The Witcher 3 PC Gets Patch @ Shacknews

$275M Activision Buyout Settlement Gives Lawyers $9,500 Per Hour

$9,500 an hour for legal fees? Whoa, I don't even think Apple lawyers make that kind of money! wink

A Delaware judge on Wednesday approved a $275 million shareholder settlement involving videogame maker Activision Blizzard Inc and awarded the small law firms that brought the case a $72.5 million fee. The fee award works out to $9,500 an hour, according to court records. "While the size of the award implies a generous hourly rate, in this case it is justified by the effort," wrote Laster.


Amazon Prime Now Adds 1-Hour Delivery From Local Stores In NYC

If you are in NYC and you need to buy something in a hurry, Amazon has you covered. You can sign up for Amazon Prime here.

Starting today, the Prime Now service will bring deliveries in an hour from a select few stores — D’Agostino grocery stores, Gourmet Garage and Billy’s Bakery — Amazon announced in a press release, only in certain Manhattan neighborhoods at first, with more stores and more locations added in the coming weeks.


Update On AMD Catalyst Driver Support For Project CARS And The Witcher 3

AMD's community manager made a post in our forums with an update on Catalyst driver support for Project CARS and The Witcher 3. Hit the link for all the details.

AMD is committed to improving performance for the recently-released Project CARS and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To that end, we are creating AMD Catalyst™ 15.5 Beta to optimize performance for these titles, and we will continue to work closely with their developers to improve quality and performance. We will release AMD Catalyst™ 15.5 Beta on our website as soon as it is available. You’ll also find a workaround if you are experiencing issues with the "HairWorks" feature in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 120XL @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Logitech MX Master @ Legion Hardware

Zalman ZM-GM4 Knossos @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage: Seagate Archive HDD 8TB @ NikKTech

Video: The Witcher 3 Graphics Performance @ Guru3D

The Witcher 3: Performance Analysis @ techPowerUP!

FCC Warns Internet Providers To Comply With Privacy Rules

It's pretty damn sad that the FCC has to actually threaten ISPs because they aren't complying with Section 222 of the Communications Act.

"The Commission has found that absent privacy protections, a broadband provider’s use of personal and proprietary information could be at odds with its customers’ interests," reads an enforcement advisory [PDF] sent out yesterday by the FCC.


PNY XLR8 GTX 960 OC Elite

The PNY XLR8 GTX 960 OC Elite is on the test bench at Real Hardware Reviews today. Go for the review, stay for the pictures of GPUs with hollow-point bullets on them.

To be fair hand waving away one of the largest factory overclocks you will find on a 960 anywhere does not do this card justice. Nor does it do PNY’s engineers justice. To be clear this 960 is extremely overclocked and this takes a lot of time and effort to produce such a ‘golden’ line. PNY are obviously highly binning their GM206 cores they purchase from NVIDIA and are only use the best of the best for this ‘Elite OC’ series.


Uber Hires New Legal Counsel From Apple

You know you need a good lawyer when you start poaching them from Apple. If there is one thing Apple is really good at...it's lawsuits. big grin

Uber has just poached Sabrina Ross, Apple counsel specializing in privacy law. She’s joining Katherine Tassi, the former head of data protection at Facebook, who joined Uber as its managing counsel for privacy last August.


The Gamers That Were Prosecuted For Stealing Virtual Items

Remember those two idiots that were busted for robbing other game players in Diablo III last year? This article tells you how the whole thing went down, how they were convicted and why. It's actually pretty interesting stuff.

Last year, in a first-of-its-kind legal case that has not previously been reported, two men pled guilty to misdemeanors in California and Maryland that stemmed from their robbing video game characters of gold, weapons and armor.


Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy ‘Fines’ to Subscribers

It seems Google has now automated the process of accusing you of piracy, finding you guilty and handing out fines for your misdeeds. They'll be sending a self-driving car over to pick up the check.

Google Fiber is forwarding copyright infringement notices to its subscribers including controversial and automated piracy fines. Through these notices, rightsholders demand settlements of up to hundreds of dollars. Google's decision to forward these emails is surprising, as the company generally has a good track record of protecting consumer interests.


Another Overwatch Gameplay Trailer

There is a new Overwatch gameplay trailer out today featuring the outlaw McCree. According to the video description, this was recorded from a match on an early version of Overwatch and captured in 60fps on PC.


FSP Launches 80 Plus Gold PSU With Optimized Cooling: Hydro G

FSP, an experienced power supply manufacturer, today announces the Hydro G 80 Plus® Gold Power Supply that has been redesigned to maximize cooling efficiency with features such as a smart fan, internal component arrangement for increased airflow, enhanced heat dissipation and efficient energy conversion. This FSP power supply also features changeable logos that allow DIY enthusiasts to match the logo with the rest of the hardware.

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Why Virtualized 3D Graphics Are Moving to GPUs

In separate talks, virtualization experts Rachel Berry, Thomas Poppelgaard and Dane Young each featured NVIDIA GRID vGPU graphics acceleration. It was also in sessions and demos throughout the show, including those from our partners Cisco, Dell, HP and NetApp. Traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings relied solely on the support of server CPUs. But limits imposed by the CPU made it nearly impossible to get a satisfactory user experience from virtualized, interactive, media-rich applications.

As a result, virtualization had worked well only for some—primarily task workers and certain knowledge workers. Left out were those with more graphically intense workloads—graphic designers, developers, and video producers and editors. That’s now changing. GRID technology is opening new pathways for these users by offloading graphics processing from the CPU to the GPU. Dell, Citrix and NVIDIA technologies offer a powerful combination to get this done. With Dell PowerEdge R730 servers running Citrix XenDesktop 7 and NVIDIA GRID vGPUs, IT staff can deliver rich, PC-graphics experiences and applications to more users. Meanwhile, applications and critical data remain protected and secure in the data center.


Wednesday May 20, 2015

Federal Reserve Suffers DNS Breach

Have you logged into the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis lately? If you have, you might want to change your log-in and password....and maybe get credit monitoring...and identity theft protection. wink

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has been made aware that on April 24, 2015, computer hackers manipulated routing settings at a domain name service (DNS) vendor used by the St. Louis Fed so that they could automatically redirect some of the Bank’s web traffic that day to rogue webpages they created to simulate the look of the St. Louis Fed’s research.stlouisfed.org website, including webpages for FRED, FRASER, GeoFRED and ALFRED.


General Motors Says It Owns Your Car's Software

To be honest, I've always bought GM cars or trucks because I like them. That said, I think the company is whacked out of its melon if it thinks this kind of crap is going to fly.

In comments sure to rankle customers, a GM attorney said Tuesday the company believes the software that controls every vehicle function belongs to them. Even after customers pay tens of thousands of dollars for a car, the company says users are merely signing a licensing agreement to use it over its lifetime.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li PC-O7S Slim PC Case @ Technic3D

Cooling: Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Rev.B @ XtremeHardware

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK @ Legit Reviews

Storage: Buffalo MiniStation Extreme @ ThinkComputers

Samsung SM951 M.2 NVME SSD @ SSD Review

Video: NVIDIA GTX TITAN X @ CowcotLand

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